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Mali: Death toll rises to 10 in UN attack

21 Jan 2019, 09:27 GMT+10

Kidal [Mali], Jan 21 (ANI): At least 10 UN Peacekeepers from Chad have lost their lives and 25 people have been injured in Sunday's attack on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp here.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and called on Malian authorities to bring the perpetrators behind the gruesome attack to justice.

Furthermore, the United Nations, in a statement outlined that MINUSMA forces had responded "robustly" to the attack, killing a "number" of assailants.

"The Secretary-General conveys his heartfelt condolences to the Government of Chad, and the families and loved ones of the deceased. He wishes a swift recovery to the injured and pays tribute to the dedication and courage of the men and women serving in MINUSMA at great personal risk and sacrifice," Stephane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General stated.

"He (Guterres) recalls that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law," Dujarric further outlined.

He further conveyed the Secretary-General's resolve to continue supporting the people and Government of Mali in their "efforts to build peace and stability in the country".

The attack, which saw the assailants arrive in armed vehicles, targetted the UN peacekeepers' camp in Aguelhoc, located 200 kilometres away from the country's northern border with Algeria. (ANI)

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